Shakespeare Gallery Alto Relievo Sculpture - dedication stone

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Date:1788 - 1789 (c.)

Description:This sculpture was originally designed for the facade above the doorway of the Shakespeare Gallery established by John and Josiah Boydell in 1789. The former Shakespeare Gallery building at Pall Mall in London was demolished in 1869 and Banks' sculpture was removed and taken to the Great Garden, near the site of Shakespeare's now demolished house at New Place in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Sculpted c. 1789, by Thomas Banks R.A. (1735-1805)

The inscription records the removal of the sculpture from London to Stratford-upon-Avon - "THIS ALTO RELIEVO REPRESENTING SHAKESPEARE SEATED BETWEEN THE DRAMATIC MUSE AND THE GENIUS OF PAINTING, (FORMERLY IN THE FRONT OF THE SHAKESPEARE GALLERY, PALL MALL, LONDON) WAS PRESENTED TO THIS TOWN BY CHARLES HOLTE BRACEBRIDGE ESQ., ATHERSTONE HALL, 1871". "HE WAS A MAN, TAKE HIM FOR ALL IN ALL, I SHALL NOT LOOK UPON HIS LIKE AGAIN."

Location: Great Garden of New Place, Chapel Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon

Source: The Story of Stratford's Alto Relievo in the Great Garden of New Place by Moira Benton and Cliff Narbett 1992 in Records Office ref DR 773

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Donor ref:not applicable (16/10002)

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